Memories of Snow

I was five when I moved to Langley. The first winter with the kids next door, the snow was up to my waist and I nearly vanished building a snow man. The windows were like frosted glass. When it was snowing blizzards and the coal man couldn’t get up the hill to deliver our coal, […]

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Playing Out

I remember me and my brother getting a bread crate and sliding down the steps at the Moonraker pub. I remember Kevin Walshes getting licko and chocolate nibbles. I remember playing on the labour club when it was derelict.  Louisa

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Oral History Interview: Michael

Hear Michael talk about how his family home in Middleton was demolished to make way for the Langley estate. His family was one of the first to move on to the newly built estate. We, along with the other people, got a notice, or a letter saying that your house was being demolished and you […]

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Oral History Interview: Ivy

Hear Jacqui, who was born in Langley, interviewing her friend Ivy who remembers moving to Langley from Collyhurst as a child. You can’t believe how clean it looked, the amount of green there was. When you come from what was classed as slums – although we didn’t think that to all this open space, all […]

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Oral history Interview: Kath

Hear Darnhill resident Kath talking about her husband’s move to the estate as a child. They didn’t bother changing schools for him. So there was this problem of travelling backwards and forwards. So their only transport was the 163 bus which at the time just went on literally onto the start of the estate and […]

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Oral history Interview: Les

Hear a clip from Les who lived in Middleton when Langley estate was first built and recounts what it was like when the population doubled. We rubbed along but unfortunately, Langley, it got a bad reputation and a lot of it must have been absolutely, totally unfounded but you know, people are people aren’t they. […]

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Darnhill: A new Community

In the Summer of 2019, a group of young people from Darnhill’s Youth Service group worked with an artist and film maker to research Darnhill’s history and then write and record a film. The film was shown within our Time Machine at the Darnhill Festival 2019 and was also on display for three months at […]

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Thoughts from the People’s History Museum

Mum and Dad were housed in Whinfell Drive. I was born in Langley, Whinfell Drive in 1958. I remember my family life being very happy and full of love. This Christmas, 2019, I am staying again for Christmas. My 4 siblings, who live all over the country, have all been here too with their families, […]

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